Escambia Man Gets 20 Years For Auto Theft, Burglary

June 15, 2017

An Escambia County man has been sentenced as a habitual felony offender on burglary  and grand theft auto related charges.

Michael Aaron Kistler, 34, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Miller to 20 years in state prison on charges of armed burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felony, grand theft of a firearm, three counts of grand theft auto and grand theft.

Prosecutors said Kistler went to Center Florida Auto Sales on Olive Road pretending to be interested in buying a vehicle on July 30, 2016.  He spoke with the owner regarding a couple of the vehicles and left the premises. A short-time later, he returned to the car lot and attempted to steal the owner’s vehicle. The owner observed Kistler in his vehicle and attempted to stop him.

Kistler then grabbed the owner’s firearm located in  the door of the vehicle, pointed it at the owner, and fled the scene on foot.

Later that day, Kistler stole a work vehicle belonging to Beasley’s Pest Control located on Olive Road. Kistler was arrested the following day with the work vehicle in his possession. Further investigation revealed that Kistler had previously stolen a vehicle on July 3,  2016.


One Response to “Escambia Man Gets 20 Years For Auto Theft, Burglary”

  1. chris on June 15th, 2017 8:45 am

    Got to be some mental issues.
    How could this guy think he could get away with the crime?
    IM NOT excusing his alleged crimes.

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